James Craske

James Craske


  • 0.35 Earlham Hall

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Personal profile


I completed my BA degree in Culture, Literature and Politics at the UEA (2008-11 – First Class) and my MA in Media and Cultural Politics (2013-14 – Distinction), before starting my fully-funded doctorate with joint supervision between the Schools of Education and Lifelong Learning and Politics, Philosophy and Communication and Language Studies (2015-2019). In between and during my studies I have worked in two secondary schools: firstly, as a learning support assistant, and secondly, as the first academic mentor in a new free school in Norwich, where I established and developed a mentoring programme for both lower school and sixth form students.

At the end of February 2019, I joined the Centre for Competition Policy at UEA as a Research Associate, coordinating consultation responses written by Centre members to regulators and government departments. Since February 2020, I am the Network Coordinator of the Brexit & Environment Network.

I have previously taught many modules on media, politics, education and theory across the Schools of Politics and Education.

Professional Activities

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research combines theories and methods from education, sociology, critical policy studies and social and political theory to analyse and show connections between different moments in the ‘life’ of Education policies, from their formation at an elite level to their implementation in the classroom. I have published findings in key journals in both Education and Political Studies.

My doctoral thesis combined the analysis of speeches and policy documents such as White Papers, with an ethnographic case-study of English teachers in a secondary school. It showed the complex ways in which practitioners interpret and ‘enact’ policy, and how at the front line this converges with or departs from elite policy goals.

Teaching Interests

Since 2016, I have led seminars in media, politics, education and theory across the Schools of Education and Politics.